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Do Canadian coronavirus self-isolation rules apply when picking up U.S. travellers?

FILE - In this photo taken May 17, 2020, people walk back and forth across the border between the U.S. and Canada in Peace Arch Park in Blaine, Washington. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

You don't have to quarantine after driving a U.S. traveller

Driver and passenger should wear a mask in the car

Driver will need to self-isolate if traveller develops COVID-19 symptoms

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Michele: “I want to pick up my mom from the peace bridge. She is coming back from visiting her sister. She has been stuck there since late February. We were waiting for the border to open, but, obviously that won’t happen. Do I have to quarantine as well?”


Michele’s mom, like everyone entering Canada, will need to self-isolate for 14 days.

But Michele won’t.

Public Health Canada (PHC) does, however, recommend Michele’s mom wear a mask while riding in the car with her daughter. They should both also practice physical distancing, hand hygiene and good cough etiquette, a PHC spokesperson said.

The pair should also avoid making any stops en route to Michele’s mom’s place of isolation.

“This is also the case if they need to take a taxi or public transit to their home to quarantine,” the spokesperson said.

Michele will need to self-isolate if her mom develops any COVID-19 symptoms within two weeks of her return to Canada. In that case, she will need to stay home and separate herself from all other people and call health-care professionals or their local public health authority, the spokesperson said.

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